Mavra Ahmed is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, University of Toronto. Mavra has experience in nutrition and food policy and clinical nutrition with strong expertise in nutrition research methods. She has collaborated on interdisciplinary research with both private and public partners.
Mavra obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto, specializing in characterization of dietary intakes of Canadian Armed Forces and evaluation of novel technologies for dietary assessments. She also holds a CIHR Fellowship in the Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on assessing the impact of nutrient profiling models (algorithms to assess healthfulness ratings of foods and beverages) on improving: a) the nutritional value of foods available to Canadians and, 2) the dietary intakes and health outcomes of Canadians using the Canadian Community Health Survey (and other national nutrition surveys). Additionally, she is one of the leads on a school nutrition research initiative that aims to provide a comprehensive overview of school food programs in Canada and identify best practices in relation to the design, delivery, and measurement of school food programs. Mavra has a passion for assessing the impact of digital technology for promotion of healthier dietary behaviours (currently, investigating the impact of an updated version of the smartphone app, FoodFlip©, on enabling consumers to make healthier food choices).